Information on Death of Suffern Man Released

At a press conference held by the Suffern Police Department on Tuesday morning more information was released about the murder of a well-known Suffern man and the suicide of the couple that allegedly killed him. On Monday police responded to the home of 70-year old William Valenti on Washington Avenue, which he shared with his niece 40-year old Nickie Circelli and her boyfriend 41-year old Gary Crockett, after it was reported that Valenti was found dead by a friend who had arrived to take him to work. According to SUffern Police CHief Clarke Osborn police found two suicide notes claiming responsibility for the death signed by Circelli, along with letters she left for her four children from a previous marriage. The couple’s bodies were recovered from the Hudson River after reportedly jumping from the George Washington Bridge around 11:00 AM. According to Detective Craig Long, Crockett was a suspect in an investigation into the theft of an AR-15 assault rifle from a Mahwah home on March 19 and the two were suspected of stealing the equivalent of $1,600 from Valenti over a period of time. Police believe that the uncle found out and threatened to file a report with police after his niece and Crockett failed to pay him back, and this led to the couple killing the elderly man early Monday morning. The Rockland County Medical Examiner stated that he was killed by asphyxiation. Through investigating and interviewing family members police have stated that Circelli and Crockett both suffered from drug addiction, though they are not sure if that played a role in the incident. Valenti was a familiar in the village and owned and worked Thunderbird Catering for more than fifty years.

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